Roasted Chicken With Lemon Curd, Garlic & Chiles

Excellently-roasted chicken that’s properly seasoned and cooked with herbs is the perfect hearty dinnertime meal for this time of year, and this particularly delicious recipe from Food 52 hits the savory and sweet spot needed for the fall or winter season.

One of the impressive choices this recipe makes is using the traditionally sweet lemon curd for a savory pairing, thus adding a tart-full richness to herb-encrusted sheet pan chicken thighs. What’s left is a medley of tender chicken, seasoned vegetables, and garlic-spread sourdough toast that will be sure to surprise and delight anyone eating alongside you at Sunday night dinner.

Ingredients For Roasted Chicken Thighs:

  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs with the skin still on
  • 3 garlic heads with the top third sliced off
  • 7 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon curd
  • 2 teaspoons of urfa biber or ¾ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 2 lemons, each halved horizontally
  • 1 loaf of sourdough, toasted
  • Kosher salt, for taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for sprinkling
  • Flaky salt, for sprinkling

Directions for Roasted Chicken Thighs:

  1. You’ll begin this delicious recipe by patting your bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs with a dry paper towel, so as to soak up any excess juices from the packaging. Then you’ll set the chicken thighs on a small tray or plate and season them all over with salt. Then set them aside as you prep the other ingredients.
  2. At this point, open your oven and position one rack in the center and one in the top slot. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  3. Place your garlic heads (with each head’s top third sliced off) on a rimmed sheet pan alongside your peeled and cut carrots. Drizzle this garlic and carrot-filled sheet pan generously with olive oil, season it with salt and pepper, and toss it all together to coat fully. Lastly, turn the garlic so that the cut-side is facing downward.
  4. Next, finely chop enough sprigs of rosemary to yield 1 teaspoon. Transfer your chicken thighs (with the skin-side facing upward) to the sheet pan with garlic and carrots. At this point, you’ll carefully peel back the skin on the chicken thighs and evenly spread the lemon curd on the top of each thigh. Next, evenly sprinkle your chicken with the chopped rosemary and follow it by sprinkling the urfa biber or red pepper flakes. Smooth the skin back over the lemon curd and season your thighs with salt and pepper. Lightly-drizzle the thighs with oil, place the remaining rosemary sprigs onto the sheet pan, and add your lemon halves with the cut-side facing downward.
  5. Roast this filled sheet pan on the center rack for 25 minutes. Throughout the cooking process, rotate your thighsand shuffle the ones near the edges of the sheet tray toward the middle and vice versa. Flip over your lemon and garlic heads after the initial 25 minutes are through, and then continue roasting for 5-7 more minutes. You should be sure to keep a watchful eye on the chicken thighs and roast them until the skin is golden. If you want extra crispy skin, you can place the sheet pan under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  6. Lastly, to finish things off, you’ll bring your sheet pan to the table, set it atop a trivet, divide the pieces among three plates, and sprinkle it all with flaky salt. Squeeze the roasted garlic from its papery sheaths and spread it onto the sourdough toast. Squeeze the lemons all over, and enjoy!

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Often praised as true comfort food, a roasted chicken combines aromatics, texture, flavor, and juices into a dish that can be served as a casual weeknight supper, elevated to a special occasion’s main course, or even saved for thefollowing day’s leftovers. The versatility of the roasted chicken is also attributed to its simple, yet classic preparation alongside fresh herbs, spices, and vegetables. So, take note of the different ways in which you can diversify your Roast Chicken game and ultimately provoke an after-dinner feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Crisp-Skinned Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

If you are a fan of garlic, it’s obvious that this recipe is calling your name. Hailing from the French countryside, this recipe has you roasting your butter-basted chicken in a skillet alongside dozens upon dozens of garlic cloves, a sprinkle of thyme, and other seasonings. The sheer quantity of garlic in this recipe ensures that the meat will remain tender and juicy throughout the cooking process, and if they thought of peeling that much garlic makes your skin crawl, be sure to check out the peeling cooking hack inside the recipe.

Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta

Inspired by the Mediterranean cooking tradition, this recipe has you roasting only chicken thighs alongside grape tomatoes, Spanish olives, shallots, and feta cheese for a highly unique flavor profile. And that flavor is all the more off-set by the inclusion of mint in this recipe, as the mint leaves add a layer of freshness that could not otherwise be attained.

Roasted Quartered Chicken with Herb Sauce

Choose this recipe the next time you’re looking to impress your dinner guests with elaborate plating and an intensely flavorful herb sauce. This cooking method produces toasty skin, as you’re only cooking thigh and leg pieces, but it’s truly the savory herb sauce that’s made from minced garlic, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, and parsley leaves that will undoubtedly elevate your next roasted chicken.

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